The journey to Kathmandu, where I am going to attend the Asia Pacific Scout Summit Conference, is a long one. I am currently in Doha airport in Qatar. It’s midnight local time and I could really be anywhere. I’ve enjoyed an excellent journey so far, courtesy of Qatar Airways, with the best economy class meal I’ve ever had (a lamb curry). I’ve watched Quantum of Solace (not bad, but not as good as Casino Royale – I find, finally, that I’m able to agree with the critics). But now, I’m sitting in an airport lounge and I might just as well be in Luton than the Middle East. And I have another four hours of flying ahead of me, once I’ve sat here for another three.
I am looking forward to the week ahead, though. It will be good to see old friends and to learn more about how Scouting happens in a region of the world I know little about. It will also be good to visit Kathmandu itself, though I doubt that I will be able to get out of the city.